Affadavits & Statements Regarding Violence, Repression & Brutality

Affadavits Originally Published in Mississippi Black Paper, 1965

[In June of 1964, Neshoba County Mississippi Sheriff Lawrence Rainey, other law-enforcement officers, and the Ku Klux Klan conspired to lynch voting-rights activists James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman who were civil rights workers participating in Freedom Summer. The Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) brought a civil-suit in federal court against Sheriff Rainey and law-enforcement officials throughout the state for an injunction against the use of "force, violence, or any terroristic act" by police and law-enforcement agencies aimed at preventing people "from exercising their rights, privileges, and immunities as citizens of the United States." In support of this suit, 257 sworn affidavits describing police brutality and misconduct were presented in evidence. This section contains samples of those affidavits.]

Mississippi Black Paper Affadavits:

Affadavit of Anonymous (Regarding police brutality in Sharkey County, July 24 1964.)
Elizabeth Allen (Regarding assasination of Louis Allen, January 1964.)
James Charles Black (Regarding police repression in Lowndes County MS on June 8 1964.)
Ora Lee Bryant (Regarding racist violence in Pike County, July 1964.)
James A. Campbell (Regarding police brutality in Coahoma County, July 12 1964.)
MacArthur Cotton (Regarding police suppression of voting rights, June 1963.)
Lorne Cress (Regarding police repression in Forrest County, July 1 1964)
George Greene (Regarding car chase & shooting, November 1963.)
Fannie Lou Hamer (Regarding Winona MS police brutality, June 1963)
Jesse Harris (Regarding Freedom Ride arrest, courtroom segregation, police and prison brutality, 1961-1962.)
Edward Hollander (Regarding police repression in Madison County, May 29 1964.)
Richard A. Jewett (Regarding police brutality.)
June Johnson (Regarding Winona MS police brutality, June 1963.)
Robert Mandel (Regarding police repression in Coahoma County, July 1964.)
Affadavit of Bertie McGill (Regarding police brutality in Jones County, July 11 1964.)
Jesse T. Morris (Regarding police repression in Hinds County MS on February 3 1964.)
Eric Morton (Regarding police repression in Hinds and Madison Counties, July 15 1964.)
Annell Ponder (Regarding Winona MS police brutality, June 1963.)
David Riley (Regarding police misconduct in Warren County, July 7 1964.)
Rita Schwerner (Regarding lynching of Chaney, Schwerner, Goodman, June 1964)
Lewis Sitzer (Regarding police repression in Coahoma County, June 22 1964.)
Geoffry R.W. Smith (Regarding threat of violence in Jones County, July 1964.)
Michael F. Starr (Regarding disappearance of Chaney, Schwerner, Goodman, June 1964)
E.W. Steptoe (Regarding police and KKK intimidation, 1954-1964.)
Peter Stoner (Regarding police & prison brutality, February-May 1964.)
Lafayette Surney (Regarding police & prison brutality, August 1963.)
Jimmy Travis (Regarding shooting by white racists, February 1963.)
Peter Werner (Regarding racist violence in Forrest County, July 1964.)

Other Affadavits:

1963Affadavit of John B. Amos regarding white violence. Undated 1963
1963Statement by Emma Irving re arrest of her husband in Itta Bena MS, undated 1963
1964Multiple Affadavits from Mississippi Freedom Summer
1964Affadavit of Sam Block, SNCC. June 11 1964
1964Affadavit of Robby Osman & Mario Savio, volunteers. July 22 1964


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